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    Subject: 1/21/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education [snip] PEER REVIEW: William A. Dembski, a proponent of intelligent-design theory, will
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      Subject: 1/21/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

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      PEER REVIEW: William A. Dembski, a proponent of
      intelligent-design theory, will lead the new Center for Science
      and Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. .


      [snip]


      A glance at the autumn issue of
      "The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education":
      The continuing racial disparity in graduation rates

      The college-graduation rate of African-American students has
      been improving slightly, and better than slightly at the most
      exclusive colleges and universities. But elsewhere in higher
      education, black students' graduation rates lag far behind those
      of white students.

      That is the assessment of the journal's editors, who write that
      while enrollment rates of black students at highly ranked
      colleges remain constant, an "appallingly low" 40 percent of
      black students graduate, compared with 61 percent of white
      students.

      Over the past decade the graduation rate for black men has risen
      from 28 percent to 34 percent, and for black women from 34
      percent to 45 percent. That pattern disproves, the authors
      suggest, the frequent assertion that race-sensitive admissions
      damage black students' graduation rates.

      Data also show, they write, that when black students are
      admitted to top colleges, they graduate at high rates, generally
      because those institutions have the "strongest commitment to
      race-sensitive admissions." The provision of adequate financial
      aid clearly helps those students to succeed, the editors say.

      With some striking exceptions, most large state universities,
      where most African-American students are educated, graduate a
      good percentage of them, the editors say. Disappointing, they
      add, is that at nearly half of the historically black colleges
      and universities that they surveyed, "two-thirds or more of all
      entering black students do not go on to earn a diploma."

      The article, "The Persisting Racial Gap in College Student
      Graduation Rates," is available online at
      http://www.jbhe.com/features/45_student_grad_rates.html

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